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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Project to Benefit Worcester and Accomack Counties

Delmarva Power will hold community meetings to provide details on its plan to enhance electric service in Worcester and Accomack counties by building a new 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and rebuilding an old 69 kilovolt line between Salisbury, Md., (Piney Grove substation) and Wattsville, Va., (Wattsville substation). The new infrastructure will carry both the 138 kV and 69 kV circuits on one power line. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Wolff's Sandwich Shop, 9576 Atlantic Road in Atlantic, Va., and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company, 4718 Snow Hill Road in Snow Hill, Md.

Delmarva Power will invest approximately $45 million in the nearly 31-mile project. A total of 447 wooden structures, ranging in height from 45 to 75 feet, will be replaced with new, single steel pole structures that are 60 to 135 feet tall. Steel poles are more durable, require less maintenance and can withstand hurricane force winds of 120 mph.

"The need for the new 138 kV transmission line was identified through the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan coordinated by PJM, the electric transmission operator for the Mid-Atlantic region,"   said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. "The new line will help avoid an overload during peak load and contingency conditions, thus minimizing the possibility of extended power outages in Worcester and Accomack counties."

Work is scheduled to begin in October 2016 with completion targeted for June 2018.

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